Norway is a small but very special sporting country. Competitive sports attract enormous attention, especially when it comes to winter sports. Norwegian athletes have won international championship medals.

In the 1992 Winter Games in Albertville, cross-country skiers Vegard Ulvang and Bjørn Dæhlie printed their names indelibly in Norwegian sports history, bringing home three gold medals each. With a total of nine gold, six silver and five bronze medals, Norway came third in the national rankings at Albertville. The Nordic country has not made a similar international name for itself in summer sports, but Norwegians have won Olympic medals in a number of typical minor sports.

In the 1992 Barcelona Games, Norway won gold medals in wrestling and sailing, silver medals in rowing, canoeing, women’s handball and shooting, and a bronze medal in canoeing. In terms of medals won as a proportion of the population, Norway was the fourth-best nation.